Fonds F0382 - Michael Posluns fonds

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Michael Posluns fonds

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8.5 m of textual records
ca. 250 audio reels : polyester, 19.5 cm/sec
ca. 313 audio cassettes
52 8-track recording cartridges
6 video cassettes
1 video reel ; 1 in.
1 videocassette : VHS

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Michael Posluns is a journalist and researcher. He was born in Canada in 1941 and educated at York University (M. E. S. 1993 and Ph. D. 2002). Posluns has conducted research, written reports, briefs and monographs on behalf of and about First Nations in Canada and the United States. He has served as a parliamentary adviser to the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Indian Brotherhood, the Dene Nation and other bodies. Posluns' doctoral dissertation is entitled 'The Public Emergence of the Vocabulary of First Nations Self-Government' and he is co-author with George Manuel of 'The Fourth World: An Indian Reality' (1974) and with David Nahwegahbow and Douglas Sanders of 'The First Nations and the Crown: A Study in Trust Relationships' (1983) and "Voices of the Odeyak (1993).

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The fonds consists of briefs, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, reports, research notes, and related material of Michael Posluns. There is also a run of 'Akwasasne notes,' (1969-1976) [newspaper], audio reels, and video cassettes, which include interviews with First Nations elders, politicians, artists, community activists, as well as interviews conducted for broadcast on radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio in the United States), Indigenous music and tapes relating to Indigenous culture.

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Donated by Michael Posluns in 1990 and 2000.


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No restrictions on access to textual material. Some restrictions may apply to specific sound recordings. Researchers may have to obtain written permission of the donor. All permission requests must be directed via the University Archivist. See series and item levels for further information.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1989-020, 2000-050. Further accruals are expected.

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Some personal names and place names misspelled or poorly transcribed in original file lists. Archival staff are working to correct errors and identify individuals, communities and organizations.

Finding aid may contain language from the era in which it was written. This includes historical, unclear, or biased terminology which may not have been selected by Indigenous peoples. To learn more about historical and contemporary terminology, see resources listed at

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2002/04/05 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/05 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/02/12 Ken Hernden. Updated biographical sketch, scope and content, immediate source of acquisition, accruals, and provenance and subject access points.
2003/02/19 Ken Hernden. Updated biographical sketch.
2003/05/06 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid.
2014/11/02 Anna St.Onge. Added pdf scan of box lists.
2020/05/05 KCP. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Migrated legacy descriptions, removed legacy PDF finding aids, and merged metadata from digitization projects. Added GMD and accession numbers. Revised extent. Published description and generated finding aid. Added historical language note.
2021/12/23 KCP. Added digital copy notes.
2024/07/02 KCP. Added item level descriptions of remaining material from 1989-020.

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